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    A number of shipping lines, linking East Africa with some of its most important markets, have threatened to impose a surcharge on all goods loaded at Dares Salaam.

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    A number of shipping lines, linking East Africa with some of its most important markets, have threatened to impose a surcharge on all goods loaded at Dares Salaam. The lines say that congestion in the harbour has forced them to impose a surcharge to compensate for unacceptable delays, reaching, they claim, up to 15 days.

    The increasing numbers of ships the People's Republic of China could be at the bottom of the shipping lines' complaints. Tanzanian authorities claim that reports of congestion, the surcharges and the "blockade" by the Portuguese of Zambia are all political moves aimed at disrupting the smooth progress of the Chinese-built Tan-Zam railway.

    On Tuesday (13 April) the Greek ship "Angelic Wings" was refused entry into Beira. It was diverted to Dares Salaam where a major operation was undertaken to unload 14,000 tons of maize onto a convoy of lorries bound, via the notorious "Hell Run" road route, for land-locked Zambia. Zambia is reported to have claimed that the Creek freighter was barred from Beira by the Portuguese authorities for political reasons. The reasons. The reason given by the Portuguese was said to be that the port was already congested.

    SYNOPSIS: In Tanzania, a number of shipping lines have threaded to impose a surcharge on all goods loaded at Dares Salaam. The lines, linking East Africa with some of its most important markets, say that long delays -- sometimes up to fifteen days -- have forced the surcharge for compensation.

    The increasing number of ships from the People's Republic of China could be behind the shipping lines' complaints. Tanzanian authorities claim that reports of congestion, the surcharge and the apparent blockade of the Portuguese of Zambia are all political moves aimed at disrupting the smooth progress of the Chinese-built Tan Zam railway.

    On Tuesday the Greek freighter "Angelic Wings" was refused entry into Beira. It was diverted to dares Salaam where this major operation had to be undertaken to unload the fourteen thousand tons of maize bound for land-locked Zambia. The maize had to be transferred to lorries.

    Zambia is reported to have claimed that the Greek freighter was barred from Beira for political reasons. The reason given by the Portuguese authorities was said to be that the port was already congested. Later reports said that a Dutch freighter, loaded with maize for Zambia, had also been barred.

    The Tan-Zam railway is so important to the Tanzanian and Zambian Governments, both economically and politically, that nothing has been allowed to interfere with its progress. If any more grain-carrying ships are barred from Beira, the transport procedure will be time-consuming. After the grain is loaded on to lorries, it has to be transported overland to Zambia--via the notorious "Hell Run" road route.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB4EA02TBY9SSNGBOYGAGB1P4C
    Media URN:
    VLVAB4EA02TBY9SSNGBOYGAGB1P4C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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